Tony Fruscella

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Tony Fruscella
Born(1927-02-04)February 4, 1927
Orangeburg, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 14, 1969(1969-08-14) (aged 42)
New York City
Genres Jazz
Instruments Trumpet
Years active1948–1960

Tony Fruscella (February 4, 1927 – August 14, 1969) was an American jazz trumpeter. [1]



Tony Fruscella and his sister Maria, grew up in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York. He played in an Army band early in his career. He worked as a sideman in the 1950s for Charlie Barnet, [2] Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan (1954), and Stan Getz(1955). He played with Don Joseph [3] later in the 1950s, but by the early 1960s his problems with drug abuse and alcoholism prevented him from performing. Fruscella released one album, I'll Be Seeing You (1955), as a leader during his lifetime. It was recorded with Allen Eager and Danny Bank [4] ) for Atlantic Records.

He was married to singer Morgana King. [5] The marriage ended in divorce after nine years. [5] [6]



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  2. Charlie Barnet Archived 2009-03-07 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Don Joseph at Jazz Discography
  4. Danny Bank. JazzWax
  5. 1 2 Liner notes by Doug Ramsey for Morgana King album Stretchin' Out (1977)
  6. Liner Notes on Morgana King album I Just Can't Stop Loving You (1991)